I was one of the first people to use Accutane in 1983--I had to beg my doctor for it. I was his first patient. I think he actually regretted it, since I had been in his office every week for years to treat outbreaks.
After Accutane, I've seen a dermatologist about 2X in the last 25 years. 15 years of tetracycline permanently destroyed my intestinal flora--and left me with osteoporosis (no dairy allowed or it doesn't work). Retin A helped but wasn't a complete solution. I tried every OTC product avaialbe and kept my skin scrupulously clean.
Turn the closk forward: I had to fight for my son to get it when he developed acne at 15. Dermatorlogist will advise against it--it's a money loser for them. My advice is get it early and save the heartbreak and scarring acne causes. I was 27 when I went on it. I am now 53 and have yet to expeierince any adverse effects from the Accutane--I've had two beautiful (now grown) children.
Ditto for my son. It's a miracle drug. I buy all organic. I am a health and exercise freak. This is the only medication I have ever endorsed. Currenlty, I don't take anything except vitamins. Nothing is as depressing and soul sucking as continuous non-responsive acne. I did everything right. My skin just seemed to clog for whatever reason. The scars I received pre-accutane are still painful to see in the mirror every day. I am convinced I would still have acne if it weren't for Accutane.